Work Type list (brainstorming)

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This is for brainstorming, and not intended to be finished. As such, do not delete items, but feel free to rearrange them (even moving them below the hierarchical section).

It was originally compiled by a group of mb editors in a google doc

Instrumental (purely instrumental, no vocal)

  • Arabesque
  • Bagatelle (short light work, no specific form)
  • Ballade
  • Cadenza
  • Canon
  • Contradanza
  • Divertimento
  • Étude
  • Fantasia
  • Fugue
  • Gigue (see also: Jig)
  • Impromptu
  • March
  • Minuet
  • Nocturne
  • Overture (opening movement)
  • Partita
  • Passacaglia
  • Prelude
  • Quadrille
  • Rhapsody
  • Romance
  • Rondo
  • Scherzo
  • Serenade
  • Sinfonia
  • Sonata
  • Sonatina
  • Symphonic Poem
  • Toccata
  • Tone Poem

Vocal (containing a vocal element)

  • Air
  • Anthem (choral hymn)
  • Antiphon (liturgical responsorial chant)
  • Aria
  • Barbershop (genre, not work type?)
  • Madrigal
  • Motet
  • Ondo (音頭)
  • Psalm
  • Song
    • Art Song
    • Ballade (14th-15th-century French song form - still used today on the Faroe Isles)
    • Canción
    • Cantiga (medieval Iberian monophonic song)
    • Chanson
    • Fado
    • Lied
    • Melodie
    • Minnesang (12-14th century german tradition - too much like a genre?)
    • Villancico

Vocal or instrumental, often dance-based

  • Air
  • Anglaise
  • Dumka
  • Fox-trot
  • Fannik
  • Furiant
  • Galliard
  • Habanera
  • Halling
  • Hambo
  • Hornpipe
  • Jig (see also: Gigue)
    • Slip-Jig
  • Kolo
  • Mazurka
  • Odzemek
  • Pavane
  • Polka
    • Irish Polka
    • Danish Polka
      • Rheinländer Polka
    • Finnish Polka
  • Polonaise
  • Polska
  • Rask (or “Rask sønderhoning”)
  • Reel
  • Rotta
  • Saltarello
  • Schottish
  • Skočá
  • Slide
  • Sousedská
  • Špacírka
  • Strathspey
  • Sønderhoning
  • Tango
    • Finnish Tango
  • Waltz
  • Larger Work
  • Ballet
  • Cantata
  • Concerto
  • Game piece ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_piece_%28music%29 )
  • Mass (Missa)
    • Coronation
    • Requiem
    • Kyrie(?)
    • Gloria(?)
  • Opera
  • Operetta
  • Oratorio
  • Song-cycle
  • Soundtrack
    • Score
      • Board game score (soundtrack?)
      • Film score
      • TV show score
      • Web comic score (soundtrack?)
      • Video/computer game score
  • Suite
  • Symphony
  • Theme and Variations
  • Zarzuela (Spanish, half-spoken, operetta-like)

Primarily Non-musical

  • Board game
  • Book (Literature?)
  • Broadcast Play/Drama/Serial (radio or podcast)
  • Broadcast Segment or Episode (radio or podcast show)
  • Film
  • Lecture
  • Literature
  • Play
  • Poem
  • Presentation
  • Sermon
  • Speech
  • TV show
  • Web comic

Notes

Quartet, Quintet, etc. (generally indicates an aspect of instrumentation, not a work type)


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